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Appointment of new Director of the Royal Collection

Release date: Thursday, 16 July 2009

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Mr Jonathan Marsden to the position of Director Designate of the Royal Collection. Mr Marsden, who is currently Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, will succeed Sir Hugh Roberts as Director of the Royal Collection on Sir Hugh’s retirement in April 2010. The Director of the Royal Collection is the most senior position in the Royal Collection, one of the five departments of the Royal Household.

Jonathan Marsden, who is 49, joined the Royal Collection in 1996.  He previously worked as a curator  for  the  National  Trust  in  North  Wales  and  Oxfordshire.  As  Deputy  Surveyor  of The Queen’s Works of Art he has been responsible for the decorative arts collections in all the royal residences.  He has published widely on sculpture, especially French bronzes, and on the history of collecting.  He has contributed to a number of exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery in London, including George III and Queen Charlotte in 2004.  He is currently working on an exhibition about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in March 2010.

The  Royal  Collection,  one  of  the  largest  and  most  important  art  collections  in  the world,  is  held  in  trust  by  The  Queen  as  Sovereign  for  her  successors  and  the Nation. Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, it includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, and textiles. It is on public display at the principal royal residences, and is shown in a programme of special exhibitions and through loans to institutions around the world.  

For further information, please contact Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, telephone 020 7839 1377,
[email protected].


Notes to Editors

The Royal Collection is on display at the principal royal residences, all of which are open to the public.  These include Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House and Osborne House.  The Queen's Galleries at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle have a programme of changing exhibitions to show further areas of the Collection.  Over 3,000 objects from the Royal Collection are on long-term loan to museums and galleries around the United Kingdom and abroad.

The Royal Collection receives no Government grant-in-aid or public subsidy.  It is administered by the Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity.  The Trust was set up by The Queen in 1993 under the chairmanship of The Prince of Wales, following the establishment of the Royal Collection department in 1987.